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Walking with God December 22 - 23, 2012

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December 22 – 23, 2012

SS Peter and Paul Cathedral

Dear Cathedral Community,

My message will be necessarily brief today given the constraints of time and preparation.
Thanks to all who have assisted in decorating the church. Your assistance is very important.

We are in the final days before Christmas.
The pace and intensity is picking up!
During these few days, keep focused on presence as well as presents.
I saw a sign on a church yard the other day. The sign said:

"No God; no peace. Know God; know peace."

Simply but true. These are days of knowing the one who comes to us in the flesh
to redeem us and share with us the glory of eternal life. Give yourselves that moment, those few
minutes to continue to know Him so you can know His peace.

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Father Noah

 



 

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Walking with God December 15 - 16, 2012

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December 15 - 16, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community:

            This weekend we observe the Third Sunday of Advent.  Traditionally, this has been referred to as “Gaudete Sunday,” or “Rejoice Sunday.”  We are at that halfway mark in the season of Advent that causes our hearts to rejoice at the very nearness of our Savior.  This particular year, Gaudete Sunday is highlighted due to the fact that Archbishop Tobin has chosen as his personal motto, “Gaudete in Domino,” that is, “Rejoice in the Lord” which comes to us from the opening line of the Letter to the Philippians, chapter four, verse four. This is the second  Furthermore, it is the opening line of the Entrance Antiphon for this Sunday that prays:  “Rejoice in the Lord always;  again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.”  We are rejoicing, indeed, for the Lord’s nearness to us, and one of the expressions of His nearness is the presence of His shepherd, Archbishop Tobin.  We are grateful for his arrival, and his presence among us.  

            Please remember to come to the Advent Penance Service in the Cathedral on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM.  There will be a variety of confessors available that evening.  DON’T WAIT;  COME NOW!  This is a great opportunity to prepare our hearts for the Lord.  We will share the evening with our neighboring parish of Saint Mary as we do every year. 

            Also, don’t forget about Advent Sunday Vespers at 5:00 PM in the Cathedral.  It’s a wonderful way to put a great Advent prayer tough on the season and to slow down a bit resting with the Lord on the Lord’s Day.

            We need your help with church decorating on Sunday, December 23rd at 1:00 PM.  Please join us, and offer a hand to make the Lord’s house beautiful for Christmas!

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Father Noah

           

           



 

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Walking with God December 8 - 9 2012

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December 8 - 9, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

            I want to take this opportunity to thank all who were involved in the preparations and planning for Archbishop Tobin’s Installation liturgy.  In particular, I am most grateful to the Cathedral Staff, working with the Catholic Center Staff, who put in many extra hours do all manner of things to prepare for this wonderful liturgy.  Thanks to Judy Cunningham and the Heavenly Dusters, to all those who participated in the Archdiocesan Choir and other musicians, to maintenance staff across the street, and all the liturgical ministers of hospitality who assisted in any way.  THANK YOU!

            Thanks to all those who participated in the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception, the title of our Lady who is the patroness of our nation.  Keep in mind that Holy Days such as these are not days of suggestion, but days of obligation.

            We will observe the great feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe this week, the patroness of the Americas.  We pray, in particular for our Hispanic brothers and sisters, whose devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe is inspiring.  Her image will be on display in the church during Advent.

            As we enter into the Second Week of Advent, we note the theme of “Preparing the Way” revealed in the sacred scriptures.  Any time we anticipate an arrival of someone significant, we work to prepare, to clean, to tidy up our homes and clear a path so that the guest will feel welcomed.  Such is the case with our Incarnate Savior.  We might ask ourselves:  what needs cleaning up in our hearts to prepare for Christ’s return?  Of what could I let go to be more open to Christ’s arrival? 

            The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one major opportunity to prepare the way for Christ.  Our join service of Reconciliation for the parishioners of the Cathedral and St. Mary will take place in the Cathedral, on December 18 at 7:00 PM.  A variety of confessors will be available for both confessions in English and Spanish.  Please make use of this wonderful opportunity to prepare a way for the Lord.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Father Noah





 

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Walking with God November 25 - 25, 2012

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Dear Community of SS. Peter & Paul,

The liturgy of the Church abounds in the celebration of Christ’s kingship: the Kyrie, Gloria, Te Deum, the celebration of Epiphany, Palm Sunday and the Ascension. In 1899 Pope Leo XIII dedicated all Christians to the Sacred Heart under the special title of Christ’s universal kingship. In 1925 Pope Pius XI established the last Sunday of October as a special feast in honor of this divine reign. This celebration has been transferred to the last Sunday in Ordinary Time to underline the indissoluble relationship between Christ’s rule and the perfection of creation in the endtime.

Eucharistic Prayer for Christ the King

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

 

You anointed Jesus Christ, your only son, with the oil of gladness,

as the eternal priest and universal king.

 

As priest he offered his life on the altar of the cross

and redeemed the human race

by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.

 

As king he claims dominion over all creation,

that he may present to you, his almighty Father,

an eternal and universal kingdom:

a kingdom of truth and life,

a kingdom of holiness and grace,

a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

 

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven

 we proclaim your glory

and join in their unending hymn of praise.

 



 

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Walking with God Novembwer 10 - 11 2012

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November 10 - 11, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

            I am very grateful to all those who participated in the Trivia Challenge Fund Raising Event last saturday evening.  It is the one major fund raiser of the year for us, and your support is essential.  In particular, I want to thank Mary Oss and her team of Pat Hittle, Mark Rowlands, Morna Patrick, Pat Maher, Lisa Hudak and Diana Hay            for their hard work is planning and execution of the event.  Thanks, too, to the forty volunteers who assisted in many ways.  It was a team effort and our community offered great hospitality to participants who came from parishes and businesses around the city. 

            November 11 is observed as Veterans Day, first observed as Armistice Day in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, was renamed and expanded officially in 1954 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower for the purpose of honoring all our veterans.  As the years have passed, we have engaged in combat of various kinds, and, sadly, the effects of warfare on our fellow citizens who have served in the military have been dramatic.  We need to recall the horrific situations into which our fellow citizens have gone, and to be aware of what happens to many veterans when they return home.  It is shocking and sad to see veterans who are homeless and without proper care and recognition even for the most basic human needs.  Let us remember in prayer these men and women who have interrupted the course of their lives to serve our country, and be aware of the dire circumstances of many veterans who need our assistance.  We need look only as far as our Cathedral Kitchen to discover this reality.  Meanwhile, let us continue to pray for peace around the world beginning in our own homes and hearts.

            Knowing now that Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin CSsR will be our new archbishop, let us continue to pray for him as he wraps up his work in the Congregation for Religious in Rome, makes his personal retreat and prepares for his Installation on December 3. You can catch up on some pertinent facts about Archbishop Tobin as well as a gallery of photos on the archdiocesan web site, www.archindy.org

            As the church notes the feast day of St. Martin de Porres on November 3, it is good to note the recent declaration of a five year pastoral plan for African-American Catholics that emerged from the National Black Congress held in Indianapolis last summer.  Next weekend, there will be a Bulletin insert summary statement of the Pastoral Plan along with a link on the Cathedral parish web site for the entire document.  I encourage everyone to have a look at this important pastoral planning for our Black Catholic brothers and sisters.

            If you haven’t completed your pledge card for the United Catholic Appeal, please do so as soon as possible.  Remember that it is important to return your card no matter what you decided to pledge. 

 

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Father Noah

           




 

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Walking with God November 3 - 4, 2012

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November 3 - 4, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

            The month of November has traditionally been a month dedicated to prayers for the Faithful Departed.  This good practice recognizes several important features about Christian dying and death.

            First, we recognize that we are connected through the Body of Christ with all those who have gone before us especially those "marked with the sign of faith."  We express this belief each time we profess the Creed, and recall the importance of our relationship with the communion of saints.  Prayer is our common link.  Each time we come to the table of the Lord, it is as if we come to a great faith family reunion.  Beginning with the Blessed Mother, all the angels and saints join us in giving praise to God.

            Second, praying for those who have died is a gentle reminder that each one of us will experience death and, in faith, rebirth to eternal life.  Saint Benedict, in his Rule for Monastics, admonishes them to "keep death daily before your eyes."  To those without the benefit of Christian belief, this may sound somewhat morbid.  To us who have been given the pledge of eternal life in baptism, death is a passage to eternity.  There is a finality about death in that it brings a definite close to our life in this world with its relationships, ways of living and familiarity.  We leave behind what we have known for the sake of entering a mystery as yet to be revealed.  However, that mystery is born out of God's unconditional love for us, and the pledge given to us when we died with Christ in the waters of baptism so as to share the new life of the resurrection.

            Finally, as with all prayer, praying for the dead reinforces that we as Christians live in this world, and always with an eye to the world to come.  We are members of the kingdom of God and citizens of heaven.  That membership and citizenship puts into perspective our words and deeds in this world.  How we live in this world determines how we will live in the world to come.  This is a cause for joy and deep serenity. 

            When I was a small child, my maternal grandmother, who was a member of the cathedral parish, would have my father drive us to the cathedral on the evening of November 2, All Souls Day.  Monsignor Knoll, the rector at that time, left the cathedral open later on that day for those who wished to  come and pray for the dead.  I was almost as tall as my short, Irish grandmother, and together we would pull open one of the large cathedral doors, and enter to find one or two lights left on.  Because of my grandmothers prayers for the dead, I had the feeling that they were all friends of hers, and that somehow they had come to church also standing in the shadows and in the alcoves.  For prayer, it was traditional to pray six Our Father’s, six, Hail Mary's and six "Glory Be's."  However, the visit was not official until we left the cathedral and stood outside in the chilly November air, before coming back inside and starting the next set of prayers.  This is a great memory.  It taught me to pray for the dead, not to be afraid of death and to link how we remembered those who had died with how we continued to live in this world.  Not a bad lesson. 

            The Book of the Dead may be found in the cathedral during the month of November.  Please feel free to inscribe the names of those to be remembered by our community for prayer.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  Amen.

Sincerely yours in The Lord,

Father Noah



 

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Walking with God October 20 - 21, 2012

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October 20 - 21, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

            Our observance of the Year of Faith has begun.  Part of our local observance is a series that will take place monthly through May.  Our first session will be next week, Sunday morning, October 28, in the rectory parlor from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM.  Light refreshments will be available.  We will use THE ADULT CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH as our foundational text.  Part One of the four part Catechism is a study of our faith.  Our first session next week will be based on Chapter One:  "My Soul Longs for You, My God." pages, 1 - 9.  Please read this section in preparation for next week.

            I encourage all parishioners to join in this study of our faith as part of our continuing formation as Catholics.  You are welcome for any session.  The topics will be announced a week in advance.

            Today, Sunday, October 21, our Peace and Justice Committee is hosting a presentation by Mr. Glenn Tebbe, the Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference.   The presentation will take place at the Mater Dei Council 437 of the Knights of Columbus located at the corner of 13th and Delaware Streets.  The presentation begins at 12:30 PM following breakfast.  This opportunity will coincide with the monthly breakfast offered by the K of C for those who want to purchase breakfast and come to the presentation.  The presentation is open to all whether or not you purchase the breakfast.  Mr. Tebbe does wonderful work representing Catholic perspectives on legislative issues on behalf of the five dioceses of Indiana.  He is very knowledgable about important legislative issues in the state of Indiana.  I hope you can join us for an informative session.

            Finally, as I announced last weekend, Mr. Andrew Motyka has accepted our offer to become the new Director of Music here at the Cathedral with part time responsibilities  in the Office of Worship at the Catholic Center.  Mr. Motyka has most recently served as the Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  He will begin his new ministry among us on November 5.  His wife and two children will eventually join him in the near future.  We welcome Andy, and look forward to his service of our Cathedral Community.

Sincerely yours in The Lord,

Father Noah

 



 

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Walking with God October 13 - 14, 2012

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October 13 - 14, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

This week we begin the Year of Faith as declared by Pope Benedict XVI.   I call your attention to the Year of Faith brochures inside this weeks Bulletin   In observance of this year, we will host monthly sessions on our Catholic faith.  These sessions will take place

                                                Sunday Mornings before Mass

                                                            9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

                                                                        Rectory

                                                Coffee and Goodies available.

            These sessions will be based on Part One of the ADULT CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  Part One focuses on our Catholic Faith.  There is still time to order your own personal copy of the CATECHISM.  Every home should have a copy of this important work.  For the past several weekends, we had an opportunity to sign up for a a copy, and the opportunity will continue this weekend.  We are getting these copies at a reduced rate through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Don't miss this opportunity.

            As a part of our observance of the Year of Faith, I had originally proposed to conduct a focused "door to door" visiting of one of the housing neighborhoods within the parish.  However, we are going to suspend this plan, and revisit it in the Spring.  One reason for this is the number of things going on these weeks at the Cathedral with Ed's Retirement Party, the initiation of the Year of Faith, and the Respect Life Weekend.  Secondly, it seemed too much to conduct during this hectic pre-election period.  We didn't want our efforts at evangelization to become confused with the election activities.  Therefore, we'll revisit this option in the Spring. 

            Speaking of the Respect Life Weekend, there were only five of us from the Cathedral who participated in the Life Chain event.  I think we can do better in the future.  One hour of silent prayer for life doesn't seem like a heavy burden.

            Please remember to sign up for our annual TRIVIAL PURSUIT FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3.  Tables are $ 200 each.  Get your family, friends, knowledgeable grandchildren, fact-laden relatives to sign up at $25 per person.  This is a fun evening that also benefits are parish community.  We have extended our efforts this year of publicity, but we need the participation of our own parishioners.  Call the parish office to make reservations.  Don't wait!  Remember:  this is our one major fundraiser for the parish during the year. 

            Remember that October is a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother.  This month would be a good time to pray the rosary in our homes.  Do you have an image of Mary in your home?  As you know, in observance of this month, we are singing a short Marian Antiphon during the meditation time at Mass on the weekends.

 

Sincerely yours in The Lord,

Father Noah

           

 

 




 

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Walking with God October 6 -7, 2012

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October 6 - 7, 2012

Dear Cathedral Community,

The following is an excerpt from Cardinal DiNardo’s statement on our Respect Life observance this year. 

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Father Noah 

 

Statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities

Cardinal Dinardo Urges Renewed Commitment To Defending Human Life In 2012 Respect Life Month Statement

 

“WASHINGTON— Catholics should “renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston in a statement marking Respect Life Month, October 2012. Cardinal DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), addressed various threats to human life and the need to apply principles of faith and morals in the public square.

“By our unflinching defense of human life and religious freedom, by our witness to the transcendent nature of the human person, and by our compassionate service to our brothers and sisters in need, may we spark a renewal of love and commitment to the true good of others,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “Only a love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost to us, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and build a civilization worthy of human beings made in God’s image.”

The Respect Life Program’s theme for 2012-13 is: “Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty.” As Pope Benedict XVI said during his recent apostolic visit to Lebanon, “The grandeur and the raison d’être of each person are found in God alone.”

Cardinal DiNardo highlighted the importance of the 2012-13 Respect Life Program during the Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict and quoted the pope in Lebanon: “If we want peace, let us defend life! This approach leads us to reject not only war and terrorism, but every assault on innocent human life, on men and women as creatures willed by God. … We must combine our efforts, then, to develop a sound vision of…the human person. Without this, it is impossible to build true peace.”

“These links among faith, the inherent dignity and rights of human beings, and a just and peaceful society were also understood by America’s Founding Fathers,” said Cardinal DiNardo. “How can people coexist, much less flourish, in a society lacking the shared belief that we are called to care for those unable to care for themselves, not to neglect, abuse or kill them? Such basic moral principles have served civilization well for millennia. Yet in recent decades, many people who influence public policy have promoted various exceptions to these principles.”

Cardinal DiNardo cited several issues, including the staggering loss of life and consequent need for healing after involvement in abortion, the death of “extra” embryos and the “selective reduction” of children in utero during fertility procedures, continued promotion of embryo-destructive stem cell research, and euthanasia of the young and old alike. He also cited the erosion of family and community bonds in the four decades since Roe v. Wade and the more recent erosion of respect for conscience rights, especially under the HHS mandate requiring even Catholic individuals and institutions to purchase insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.”

 

 

 




 

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Walking with God September 29 - 30, 2012

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September 29 - 30, 2012.

Dear Cathedral Community,

            On Sunday afternoon, September 30, we are celebrating with Ed Greene in honor of his retirement.  The good times will roll between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Propyleaum located at the corner of 14th and Delaware Streets.  Parking is available on the street as well as in the lot immediately to the north of the building.  A light buffet will be available and an opportunity to greet Ed.  Come and join us!

            As you know from the articles in THE CRITERION, the Archdiocese is engaged in a planning process assessing the needs of the various deaneries and making recommendations for the future of pastoral care throughout the Archdiocese.  This planning process has taken place in the Terre Haute Deanery, and is in the final stages in the Batesville Deanery.  The process will next move here to Indianapolis addressing the pastoral needs in all four deaneries of the larger metropolitan area of Indianapolis.  This past Tuesday the first of the planning meetings was held at Saint Roch Church.  The purpose of the gathering of priests and Parish Life Coordinators was to introduce the process for this geographical area.  You will hear more about this process as more parishioners become involved.  I will keep you posted, and you will read more about it in THE CRITERION.  Please pray for all involved so that we can provide the best possibly pastoral care.

            Please note that this week we will observe “First Friday”, October 5, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at Noon.  During the period of Exposition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available as it is every friday at noontime but on First Fridays in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother in the Cathedral so as not to disturb the quiet prayer in the chapel.  Benediction will conclude the hour at 12:45 PM.   I hope that some might stop by on during lunchtime, or that our retired members might use this occasion for personal prayer and renewal. 

            Finally, next Sunday, October 7, we will observe Respect Life Sunday.  All the parishes around the United States observe this important day together.  I invite you to participate with your fellow Cathedral parishioners as we gather in silent prayer along Meridian Street from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Cathedral parishioners will line the sidewalk in our block in front of the Cathedral.  Come and join us in this important prayer time.

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Father Noah




 

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